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2024 Chicago Boat Show

Author: Joseph Bacino

Last Sunday, we decided to visit the 2024 Chicago Boat Show, which took place from January 10 to 14 at McCormick Place. The show was the largest and longest-running boat show in the Midwest, featuring hundreds of exhibitors, thousands of boats, and a variety of attractions for all ages and interests. The show was organized by the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA), which represented the recreational boating industry in the U.S. and Canada. According to the NMMA, the show was not only a great opportunity for consumers to discover and buy their dream boats, but also a vital platform for the industry to showcase its latest products, innovations, and trends. The 2024 Chicago Boat Show had something for everyone, whether we were looking for a luxury yacht, a fishing boat, a sailboat, a kayak, or a paddle board. We were able to browse and compare hundreds of models from leading brands, as well as accessories, gear, and services. My favorite moments of the show were talking to the guys at Godfrey and Landau. Not only were they super supportive of The Chicago Report but also showcased all of their models for us. They were really helpful when it came to answering our questions and we would like to thank them.

Christkindlmarket 2023

Author: Jonathan Fejkiel

Christkindlmarket

This year's Christkindlemarket was just as good as any other year's market. Even with rising prices, of course, it was still a magical Christmas experience for everyone involved. This year I tried the Raclette sandwich over at the Baked Cheese Haus stand. I paid $18 for the sandwich which I would say is a little overpriced but the melted cheese and its flavor alone might justify the price. In mine, I got sports peppers along with dry-cured ham. Along with this I also tried the German doughnut balls at the German Grill with Nutella on top. While very good and filling, I wish I would have split it with someone else as I thought it was simply too much. To end the night, we got hot chocolate at the Traditional German Food stand. It was standard-tasting hot chocolate and my friend Jeff even said his was water downed a bit. Christkindlemarket is all about the experience and this farmers market type of experience is unmatched anywhere else it is very well worth visiting the Daley Center's version of Christkindlemarket.

Lamborghini Countach

Author: Joseph Bacino

Lamborghini

The 2023 Lamborghini Countach is a limited edition run by the exotic car manufacturer which is a revision of their old Countach model. Only 112 were made at a starting price point of 2.64 million each. Fortunately, Perillo Lamborghini Downer Grove ordered two of these vehicles and even showed one off at the Chicago Auto Show. This 2023 Lamborghini Countach is valued at 2.8 million and in bright lime green color and it’s the only Countach with this color.It packs a 6.5 Liter V12 which allows the car to have 814 horsepower, a top speed of 207, and 0-60 speed in 2.8 seconds. The body design does draw inspiration from the classic Countach while also having the recognizable current modern-day Lamborghini look. I was fortunate enough to attend the media days at the Chicago Auto Show so I was able to get a very close look at the car. Lamborghini really nailed everything down to very little detail and it's an unbelievable car. It was certainly one of the major hits of the 2023 Chicago Auto Show. It was by far one of the more popular cars people were discussing and taking photos of but it was also the most expensive car at the show.

2023 Chicago Auto Show Recap

Author: Jeff Smith

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The 2023 Chicago Auto Show was jam-packed with vehicles from many of the top automobile manufacturers as the show is finally getting back to its normal size before Covid-19. I was fortunate enough to attend the show a total of three times (Both media days and a general admission day). Overall, I was very impressed with most of the displays and was just generally happy that some manufacturers that were absent in the last few years have finally come back. Of course, with electric vehicles on the rise, many displays focused on the manufacturer's current and future electric vehicles. Not only did this make the show different, but the many test tracks also put a new spin on the Chicago Auto Show. Jeep has been the staple of test tracks for the Chicago Auto Show but many new ways to test out vehicles have arrived such as Ford with their Bronco and F-150 Lighting tests, Toyota, Hyundai, Ram, and the electric vehicle track where you can ride in electric cars offered from companies such as BMW, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Volkswagen, and Nissan. I was very impressed with how they were able to fill the show’s floor with these tracks to replace the space where other auto manufacturers would’ve been if they opted into the show. At the MAMA’s breakfast, I was happy to hear that next year’s show is expected to bring back at least two more manufacturers that haven’t been presenting in the last few years. Subaru once again blew every other display away with their forest-themed display. Everything from the fake forest imagery, sounds, smells, and of course, the puppy pen made their display stand out like no other. While I assume it is very expensive to produce this kind of display, it does have an impact on how people see the Subaru brand and I believe it's well worth it for their image. As the Chicago Auto Show comes to an end today, I will be counting down the days to the 2024 Auto Show.